“EPA Finalizes Rule To Limit Science Behind Public Health Safeguards”

“The Trump administration’s ‘transparency’ rule requires researchers to disclose their raw data. Opponents argue that the goal is to exclude important research on human health.”

“The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a rule to limit what research it can use to craft public health protections, a move opponents argue is aimed at crippling the agency’s ability to more aggressively regulate the nation’s air and water.

The “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” rule, which the administration began pursuing early in President Trump’s term, would require researchers to disclose the raw data involved in their public health studies before the agency could rely upon their conclusions. It will apply this new set of standards to “dose-response studies,” which evaluate how much a person’s exposure to a substance increases the risk of harm.

In an opinion piece posted Monday night in the Wall Street Journal, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the rule “will prioritize transparency and increase opportunities for the public to access the ‘dose-response’ data that underlie significant regulations and influential scientific information.””

Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis report for the Washington Post January 4, 2021.

SEE ALSO

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“A Final EPA Rollback Under Trump Curbs Use Of Health Studies” (AP)

“A Plan Made to Shield Big Tobacco From Facts Is Now E.P.A. Policy” (New York Times)